Wednesday, April 16, 2008

DUI convictions not violent felonies for prison enhancement purposes

California DUI attorney newsflash

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that convictions for DUI / drunk driving do not count as violent felonies for enhancing prison sentences, California DUI attorneys report.

The justices, by a 6-3 vote, said that even though great harm can result from DUI -drunken driving, it is different from other crimes that involve purposeful action. Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the majority opinion, California DUI lawyers discovered.

Larry Begay had three felony convictions for DUI / drunk driving in New Mexico. He pleaded guilty to possessing a gun, which is illegal after having been convicted of a felony, California DUI attorneys understand.

The Armed Career Criminal Act makes defendants eligible for longer prison terms if they have three prior criminal convictions for crimes that are either violent felonies or serious drug offenses, according to California DUI lawyers.

DUI attorneys throughout the country applaud the decision. California DUI attorneys appreciate the wisdom of the Supremes.